More than 1 million tons of rock buries Big Sur highway

One of the most scenic routes in California took a massive hit this weekend when a landslide covered a quarter-mile section of PCH in Big Sur. 

The section is 1 mile southeast of the small community of Gorda, about 60 miles south of Monterey.

Fortunately no one was injured because the highway had already been closed at that spot almost consistently since January. A few other points along the scenic coast were also closed due to landslides caused by the heavy rains. 

Saturday's landslide was the largest thus far and authorities are not sure when it can be cleared. 

“Whether that roadway is even there (anymore) will be interesting to see, once it’s uncovered,” Caltrans spokesman Jim Shivers said.

“I don’t think they anticipated anything of this magnitude,” Shivers said.

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